Doctors are held to a high standard of care1 because they quite often have the lives of their patients at risk. Unfortunately, doctors can make mistakes and act negligently, sometimes causing additional injuries. The following are common scenarios out of which a medical malpractice suit may arise:
- Wrong or delayed diagnosis due to failure to ask the appropriate questions or perform the proper tests
- Errors in prescribing and/or administering the correct type and dosage of medication
- Surgical errors, such as performing the wrong procedure or careless surgical work leading to other complications
- Errors in administering anesthesia
- Failing to properly supervise patients who then fall down or injure themselves
- Not providing proper prenatal care
- Causing injuries to a mother or child during or after childbirth
- Delay in treatment or ordering the incorrect treatment for the condition
Many of the above can result in unnecessary complications that would not have occurred but for the negligence of the medical professional. For example, imagine a patient who is in the very early stages of cancer. If a doctor had immediately identified the illness, treatment would have been relatively simple with a high chance of survival. However, if a doctor does not order the correct tests and fails to correctly diagnose the cancer, necessary treatments can be substantially more extensive if the disease is allowed to continue untreated for months.
Additionally, imagine you require a minor surgery, to have your tonsils removed. However, the doctor is fatigued and, due to shaking hands, he mistakenly nicks an artery, causing substantial blood loss, brain damage, and other issues. In such cases, you would be able to recover for all of your losses if you can sufficiently prove that the doctor acted negligently.
Contact an experienced personal injury attorney in St. Louis for help today
If you believe you have suffered unnecessary injury or complications of an illness because of malpractice on the part of a medical professional, your first call should be to an experienced personal injury attorney in St. Louis who knows how to handle medical malpractice cases. Call the office today at (314) 722-5257 to set up your appointment for a free consultation.